During the summer months, I noticed that my hydration intake was increasing especially on my runs. In the past, any run shorter than six miles, I wouldn’t take hydration with me. That changed this summer--some runs I would want water, some runs I would want electrolytes and some runs I would want both. Anytime I would think that I wanted both, I would remember the Orange Mud hydration packs that several of my friends had—they hold two bottles so you can use one bottle for water and another for electrolytes. I’ve looked at these for a while and went back and forth about it—I’m a frugal runner and didn’t need a new hydration back. A few weeks ago my want for the Orange Mud won over the need for it and I ordered the HydraQuiver Vest Pack 2 in pink.
I have several friends who use Orange Mud products and love them. I also know that a new running product can sometimes take some getting used to, so I first used the Orange Mud pack on a short run. I was excited the day that it was delivered and knew I wanted to use it that day. After inspecting it to make sure everything looked okay, I laced up my shoes and was ready to go. (I was impressed by how well made the pack is made! They say you get what you pay for and it’s definitely true with this product) Three miles was enough for me to get it adjusted and fitting in a way that was comfortable for me. The website states that It was love at first run—once I found a good fit, I almost forgot I was wearing it.
I’ve since used it on several more runs and I love it. The pack feels comfortable at the beginning of my run and at the end of my run. It not only allows me to bring two different types of liquids, it has enough pockets for my keys, phone, “wallet,” and fuel. I like the easy access to these items when I’m on the go—I don’t have to take the pack off and dig around looking for something. With the two shoulder pockets and the two front pockets, it’s the perfect amount of space.
Even though it’s officially Fall, I live somewhere where we are still having summer weather so I run in a tank top—I haven’t had any issues with chaffing or it feeling too hot on my back. Unlike other packs I’ve worn, it sits higher on your back which I think helps me with the “feeling too hot” issues that I’ve had with other packs I’ve worn.
The pack got a true test when I went for a trail run this morning—I was in a new running place and tripped over a rock. I went flying, landed face first and slid for a few feet. It was a hard fall and during the entire time, the bottles in the pack didn’t move at all! (And despite a few bruises and scrapes, I think my ego was the thing most hurt. It was my first fall and I knew it would happen eventually. I will definitely be okay and can't wait to get back out to the trails)
|Room for all the necessities!|
The HydraQuiver Vest Pack 2 retails for $149.95 and is definitely worth the investment! (Be sure to sign up for their e-mails to find out about promotions throughout the year). My only regret about the HQVP2 is not getting one sooner! I already checking out some one the other products on their site to see what I want to get next.
How do you hydrate during a run?
Until next time, happy running!